A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
Jun 16, 2014
In honor of Father’s Day, take a pictorial tour of what some of the male members of the ELCA and our partners are doing with their congregations, families and ministries.
The Troesters are an ELCA missionary family living in Africa. Deborah Troester (center), an ELCA pastor, and her husband, Joe, (left) are the East Africa regional representatives for the ELCA.
Brian Beckstrom, campus pastor at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, spends some time enjoying nature with his children.
Darryl Thompson Powell, an ELCA pastor, puts his trust in God while with his children at an amusement park.
Lutheran World Federation President Munib Younan pictured with his granddaughter on Palm Sunday. He is also the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
Jon Leiseth is the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission associate country coordinator for Southern Africa. Among his duties is running the regular retreats for the young adults serving in the Southern Africa region. Jon, spending some time here with his children in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, also teaches English.
Sunday, June 8, 2014, was the the Day of Pentecost, coming 50 days after Easter. ELCA congregations across the country celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa, celebrated the Day of Pentecost last year with new paraments. The design woven into the cloth suggests movement; red is symbolic of the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Keeping the spirit of Acts 2:1-21, the choir at Faith Lutheran Church, Marysville, Wash., donned “flames of fire” headbands signifying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples.
At last year’s Create in Me Retreat, Living Lutheran blogger Kristin Berkey-Abbott focused on the Holy Spirit — more specifically, on the fire aspect of the Spirit as inspiration for preparation for Pentecost.
Jim Lindus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, Wash., celebrates the spirit of the day with red paraments (altar cloths) and vestments (what the pastor wears).
Red is the color of the day liturgically. Los Altos Lutheran Church, Los Altos, Calif., uses a swath of red cloth draped over the cross to designate the descending of the Holy Spirit.
Congratulations, grads! It is graduation season for the 26 ELCA colleges and universities and eight seminaries. Here is but a sampling of what is going on in our various institutions of higher education.
Four hundred degree candidates crossed the stage at Wittenberg College’s 169th commencement exercises on May 17 in the university’s “Commencement Hollow.”
The 179th commencement at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., was on May 18. The college is noted for its strong academic reputation. Since its founding in 1832, the college has upheld a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth.
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago held its commencement on May 18. The ELCA has a long history of educating and preparing pastors and other rostered leaders to participate in God’s work in the world.
In front of Jacobs Lutheran Church in Pine Grove, Pa., is a stone memorial to the early settlers who were members of this Revolutionary War-era congregation and who are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. In front of the stone are bronze emblem flag holders representing all the wars in which Americans have fought.
Young members of Christ Lutheran Church, Floral Park, N.Y., hold signs at the community’s Memorial Day parade.
May God protect those who served, who serve and who will serve. May God give us the courage and wisdom to work for peace so that no more lives need be sacrificed. May we reach out with compassion to all returning veterans that they may feel welcomed, loved and appreciated. (Photo/Krista Mendoza, pastor Bethany Lutheran, Elmira, N.Y., Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.)
World War II veteran Stanley Lesniak, who is now a resident of Wittenberg Village: A Lutheran Life Community, Crown Point, Ind., took part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The mission of an Honor Flight is to thank and pay tribute to veterans, especially from World War II, with a day of honor and remembrance at no cost to them.
The members of the ELCA make up a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. With nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and nearly 4.2 million members, we are a diverse community working together as the body of Christ.
Luther Place is on Thomas Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. The congregation is “called to a mission of hospitality.”
In 2013, Joe Troester, ELCA East Africa regional representative, offered a Mother's Day tribute to the Central African Republic's first woman to receive a Ph.D. in theology, Antoinette Yindjara-Beanzoui: mother, grandmother, wife and pastor.